Marc Danks, a recent graduate of UNC-Wilmington with a B.S. in social work and a member of the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program (GLSLP) Class of 2018, has received a service award at his former internship site, Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. A native of Wayne County, Danks began his summer internship as a second-year scholar in 2016 and, after completing his required hours, remained committed to his duties at the hospital. For his tremendous work at Cherry Hospital, Danks was the recipient of the Edythe O. Blanton Volunteer Service Award. The award was named after the former director of volunteer services at Cherry Hospital, Edythe Blanton, and annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to assist patients and staff.
When asked about why he thought he received this award, Danks responded with “[…] I consistently volunteered [at Cherry Hospital] and I looked for ways I could assist others and lessen their workload.” Additionally, Danks showed great appreciation for the leadership skills he developed through the Golden LEAF program, saying it “gave me the confidence I needed to reach out and get more involved.” Danks credits the program with helping realize his passion for working in a rural community.
Danks also noted that his internship experience at Cherry Hospital helped him develop the interpersonal skills that he needs to move forward in social work and to understand “the importance of interdisciplinary teams working together to provide the best services for their patients.”
Danks plans to begin working on his Master’s degree in social work so that he may pursue a career as a licensed clinical social worker and abuse specialist.
Way to go, Marc! The GLSLP staff is so proud of you and we know you’ll go far. Keep up the good work!